YMMV / A Christmas Carol (1984)

  • Adaptational Villainy: This version of Scrooge comes across as a great deal colder than most. Rather than his usual indifferent self he seems to actively take please in the suffering of others. He also makes more efforts to defend himself to the spirits than most versions.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A minor example with Belle. Instead of being The Cutie/The Ingenue as per her standard characterization, she comes off much more strongly-willed. When she asks Scrooge if he'd still try to win her now if he hadn't originally engaged with her, he attempts to mask his dithering by accusing her of doubting that he would. In the book, she lets the comment slide; here, Bell calls him out on his Revealing Cover-Up, implying that this above all was proof that their romance really is over.
  • Awesome Music: The main theme, "God Bless Us Everyone".
    • The entire score could be considered this.
  • Faux Symbolism: There is an argument that the amounts of light the Three Spirits have, from Past with almost 100% down to Future with almost zero, is symbolic of Scrooge's journey.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Although Scrooge is a horrible person for 3/4 of the film, it's easy to feel sorry for him when you consider his Freudian Excuse.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Plenty. Marley is ghastly - unwrapping his jaw initially causes it to flop open much too realistically. The Spirit of Christmas Past has a few scare chords, and some of her crueler lines and Psychotic Smirking mix frighteningly with her otherwise angelic appearance. The Spirit of Christmas Present is fine right up until the end, when he reveals Ignorance and Want, and disappears abruptly to leave Scrooge in an empty snow field, with enough of a Beat that Scrooge genuinely thinks he's been left to die in the dark before The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come arrives. Speaking of which, the less said of this particular ghost, the better.

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